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My obnoxious teenage daughter has brought out the worst in me!

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NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Wed 02-Nov-11 10:02:41

Can't believe I'm the adult and I actually heard myself arguing with her, making bitchy remarks, bickering back and uttering the immortal words

"you started it"

to my 14 year old dd.

I'm a grown-up FFS. How did I stoop to that level?

What can I do about the relentless cheek and back-chat and sarky comments - she even had the effing cheek to complain about me on the 1-1 chat on childline website because I dared to shout at her!!!!!

Somebody help!!!!!!

GypsyMoth Wed 02-Nov-11 10:05:20

Ignore ignore ignore

I find it works. Turn your back and start a conversation with someone else

My dd shuts up I'd I call her ' a silly little girl'
She seems to like the reference to being a little girl still, which tells me she is feeling out of her depth

Pick your battles with teens I have been told

GypsyMoth Wed 02-Nov-11 10:05:59

Why was she on childline?

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Wed 02-Nov-11 10:08:02

thanks ILoveTiffany - god it's hard to ignore all the time though. And sometimes for their own good you have to say something.

I like "silly little girl" - might use that one.

Have you ever got sucked in like that? and responded?

I'm off for a massage later - thank God!

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Wed 02-Nov-11 10:09:05

she was on a 1-1 chat thingy on the childline website complaining that i was verbally abusive - yes I shouted at her, call SS.

GypsyMoth Wed 02-Nov-11 10:11:31

Oh yes. I do get involved. And like you, hear myself and think wtf?

I really try to walk away...... But with my other dd I often find myself 3 days later saying 'told you so' when I'm proved right!

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Wed 02-Nov-11 10:15:22

aww thanks for making me feel a bit better.

I just looked at that childline website and it looks really good actually. a place where kids can offload their problems and get support from others in the same circumstances. A lot like Mumsnet in fact.

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 02-Nov-11 13:15:18

Oh I have a dd like that too....suddenly I just let rip because the rudeness reaches an intolerable level.
We had a screaming match on Saturday, but we are both quick to say sorry.

We are human smile

2T2T Wed 09-Nov-11 10:52:09

OMG! Glad it's not jsut me. My dd (13) and I have bickering rows where I end up acting like the child! soooo annoying.Pretty much everything she does right now is irritating! I love her so much but she is the most annoying and selfish creature on the planet. She absolutely does believe the world really should revolve around her

vicster44 Wed 09-Nov-11 23:19:13

Just joined Mumsnet looking for help and support in dealing with dd (13). So glad (if that is the right thing to say) to see that others are in the same boat. Really struggling to deal with her selfishness and loathing of any adult who attempts to offer her advice about school work (boring!) or anything else for that matter. Also really annoyed at my reaction to her behaviour - I agree 2T2T I end up as the child and she wastes no time telling me that too!

Crumbletopping Thu 10-Nov-11 08:40:58

Me too sad. Really struggling with the fact my dd seems to no longer need me apart from as an unpaid servant. And the fact that I have to be patient and mature during this phase hmm.


2T2T Thu 10-Nov-11 09:13:01

Victster/Crumbletopping _ I echo your sentiments on both counts. Also, my dd is completely and totally obsessed with 1 Direction to the point that we argue daily because I refuse to let her trawl across the country stalkng them. "but EVERYONE else is allowed!" so I suggest that she goes with one of the other many friends who are allowed an then we learn that they cannot go either. She has also lost her ability to make a decision about ANYTHING!!!! Drives me batty!!!
Crumble - the trouble is they need us more than ever but they just can't see it! It is so hard not to feel like you are buggering this bit up. I honestly didn't think it would be this difficult! My dd was always so mild natured and kind....where has she gooooonnnnneeee?!?!? confusedsad

RubyrooUK Thu 10-Nov-11 10:11:26

NotSuch - I think I was once your teenage daughter. I drove my poor mum to some mental behaviour (accidentally breaking down bedroom door by taunting her; goading her to smack me until she lost it and then shouting that I was going to ring Childline on her.)


I was full of hormones and the injustice of pretty much everything. I believed that no-one felt things as deeply as me.

Can't offer any advice but my full sympathies an if it's any consolation I absolutely adore my mum now, we laugh about this all (she has erased her memory and thinks I was an angel) and I grew up to be a (mainly) useful member of society.

CabbitMel Thu 17-Nov-11 13:19:16

It's a tough one. Hang in there. Try to ignore. Shout if you need to, be quick to make up. She will come through the storm of teenage hormones.

Ooh, another good tip - at the end of a day when you pick her up/she comes home from school - expect the worst and often you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Good luck (I am going through it too !!)

Beaniesprout Mon 21-Nov-11 14:35:33

I actually joined Mumsnet today for the very same issue. My dd is 12 and doesn't really speak to me unless she is complaining or whining. It's driving me up the wall. I try to take a deep breath and keep calm but it's very difficult......I feel I am regressing totally from a 41 year old confident and calm(ish!) Mum back to a teenager myself. I was in tears when she left for school this morning and threatened fostering to her - how childish was I? Feel like I should try and keep mature and lead by example but that seems to be easier said than done at the moment.....

Earlybird Mon 21-Nov-11 15:03:48

Right there with you, though dd is younger (almost 11).

I do get sucked in. If I ignore, worry that I am a doormat and showing her I will tolerate (and perhaps am even indirectly encouraging her) rude/disrespectful comments.

Small example: I spent all yesterday afternoon cooking/doing laundry while she had a friend over. Friend left, and it was time for dd to practise her music. I sat down to watch the news on telly, and she angrily commented on how lucky I was to be able to relax while she had to 'work'. hmm angry shock When I did not respond, the comments escalated.

So here is a question: if the best strategy is ignore, ignore, ignore - how do you stop behaviour/comments escalating as they look to provoke you into a reaction?

verlainechasedrimbauds Mon 21-Nov-11 15:11:22

Sympathies to you all. It gets better eventually (I have 2dc now grown up).
In terms of ignoring, Here's my advice: I'm not sure that I ever managed this, but I'd like to think I didwink:
Earlbird's situation:
Give a measured response once. Then if they come back with an argument, tell them that you are going to ignore them because the comment is not worth responding to and then ignore them. That way, it is you in control rather than you in a sulk.
Sound good in theory?

Earlybird Mon 21-Nov-11 17:06:22

Glad to know it will a few years!

Not only is she increasingly disrespectful and rude to me when we interact on specific issues, but she also is not receptive to any general constructive 'how to treat people so they'll respond better' sorts of conversations as she simply declares 'stop critisising me Mum' and promptly tunes out. <sigh>

Hassled Mon 21-Nov-11 17:09:59

I really sympathise. My DD is all grown up now (22) but when she was at her teenage worst I just seemed to sink to her level. She would be a complete cow, I would be a complete cow back. She'd shout, I'd want to shout louder. It took every ounce of self control I had.

I think teenage daughters just know exactly what buttons to push. No one in the world has ever wound me up as much or made me as angry as DD (at her worst) managed to. And yes, it does get better - she's lovely now. Even lovelier since she moved out wink.

Earlybird Mon 21-Nov-11 18:27:04

Hassled - how long did 'the difficult phase' last?

alemci Mon 21-Nov-11 18:44:27

It is hard, I have 2 dd 17 and 16. ED winds me up the most. It is better when neither of us are premenstrual. I have come to that conclusion.

I think walk away and ignore are best. Last week we had an argument and she was really nasty saying I did nothing for her etc etc even though I do run around after her and do everything I can to help. I told her to go (she was going to her job). I ignored her and she actually apologised the next day.

It is really hard and causes so much pain but hang in there. DS is much easier.

michglas Mon 21-Nov-11 18:50:39

I used to do volunteer work for childline and the 1-2-1 service is where you speak to a counsellor online. I highlighted to DD1 that by threatening to use this service or ringing them, she was taking away from someone else's ability to reach Childline and that person could be in a really abusive unsafe situation.

She has been horrendous over the past few years with almighty outbursts and no thought to anyone else. She is nearly 16 now and has calmed down a lot. I learnt that if i screamed and shouted at her then it kept her going for even longer. It is really hard, but the silent treatment really does work. I still have days when I wonder whether I could get away with leaving home smile

Northernlurker Mon 21-Nov-11 18:52:51

Loving this thread! My 13 yr old is exactly the same but very lovely at the same time. Frustrating! The arguing with everything is so wearing though. 15 round tonight on shutting the cat flap........

chickydoo Mon 21-Nov-11 18:57:50

My DD 16, and (say this quietly) she is getting so much better, actually offers to do the washing, and go to the shops for me, infact we have really turned a corner!....YIPPIE!!!! my 13 year old son on the other hand is from a different planet, he is I am sure the laziest creature to walk the face of the earth.

AnyFucker Mon 21-Nov-11 18:58:38

oh, I feel your pain

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